Critical Inquiry

This Critical Inquiry (CI) course provides students with an overview of how to design and conduct a simple research study (project) for practical application on selected topics in the areas of information services, systems, and knowledge management. It covers study design and the preparation of proposals and manuscripts.

Students are introduced to the main types of research methods, with a more in-depth examination of a few useful methods, to address information studies/system/knowledge management problems.

In this respect, a group of 3 students (No less than and no more than 3 students per group) are mentored by a staff member in a research project leading to a critical inquiry report and research outputs.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, students are expected to:

  • Understand how to design and conduct a research project in the area of information studies, information system, or knowledge management, and
  • Acquire in-depth knowledge in a selected research topic area


  • Students must have completed at least 4 courses before registering for critical inquiry.
  • Full-time students should take CI in the second semester.
  • Part-time students should take CI in the second year (starting from the third semester).

Coursework and Examination

  • Proposal and final report constitute 20% and 80% of the overall grade, respectively.
  • There is no final exam and/or presentation for CI.
  • Proposal will be marked by the supervisor, and final report will be marked by the supervisor and an independent marker.

CITI Certification Training

  • Course Objective: To equip students with the knowledge of research ethics
  • This is the minimum training requirement for all students doing Critical Inquiry.
  • Please click here for more information on CITI certification.
  • After completion of the CITI certification training, do download the CITI training certificate.
  • CITI certification is required for all domains in NTU IRB, before the review of your ethics application can proceed.
  • Please refer to NTULearn course folder after registering for CI for the step-by-step guide to register for the CITI certification.



Please download the following forms and templates for your CI project.

  1. CI Course Syllabus (new)
  2. CI Topic List (new)
  3. CI Project Timeline (new)
  4. CI Project Title and Supervisor Form
  5. Proposal Template 
  6. Final Report Template 
  7. CI Supervisor-Students Meeting Form
  8. Declaration of Authorship
  9. Proposal Samples [1, 2, 3]
  10. Final Report Samples [1, 2, 3]

For more information on guidelines and useful materials for CI, students registered for CI can refer to the course site on NTULearn.

Students working on the CI project may seek reimbursement of up to $100 per group (of 3) for participant incentives.

All claims to be submitted must be incurred in the semester that the CI project is being conducted. Claims are based on production of official receipts and documentary proof of payment. There is also a template for the recipients to acknowledge and sign off upon the receipt of the participant incentives. Transport charges, meals, and other personal expenses are not claimable.

The deadline for submission of claims to the WKWSCI Graduate Programmes Office is the last week of the teaching week of each semester. Late submissions will not be processed. The forms and guidelines for CI incentive reimbursement will be made available on the course site on NTULearn.

Should you have any other queries regarding Critical Inquiry, you can contact:

WKWSCI Graduate Team
Email: [email protected]